Lab Rotations

A. Overview
During the first semester, incoming students rotate in three laboratories for a period of four to five weeks per rotation. Rotations allow students to gain a vast amount of knowledge about research in the Biophysics Program. This knowledge will allow them to better choose a thesis lab for completion of their PhD degree.
 
B. Lab Rotations Provide:

  • An introduction to biophysics research and techniques
  • Exposure to the actual working environment of a laboratory
  • Hands-on research experience
  • Exposure to the variety of biophysics research being conducted on the UW-Madison campus
  • A chance to meet various students and faculty trainers

C. Selecting Lab Rotations

  • Review each faculty trainer's lab research (see the Faculty Directory on the Biophysics website)
  • Attend biophysics faculty trainer talks during Advising and Orientation Week, where each faculty trainer will discuss research being conducted in their lab
  • Identify faculty trainers of interest for possible fall lab rotations or future Thesis Committee members
  • Note questions to ask each faculty trainer
  • Arrange a time to meet with each faculty trainer of interest to discuss questions and obtain more information about their lab
  • Students are advised to meet with at least six faculty trainers before deciding on three lab rotations
  • Complete the Rotation Schedule form, available on the Biophysics Forms section of the Biophysics website, and return it to the Biophysics Office by the Friday after Labor Day

D. Selecting a Final Thesis Lab

  • Upon completion of three lab rotations, the student will identify their final thesis lab choice
  • Students are required to complete all 3 rotations. Students may discuss joining a lab at any point during their rotations, but cannot start in their thesis lab until all three rotations have been completed.
  • Complete the Choice of Thesis Lab form, available on the Biophysics Forms section of the Biophysics website, and return it to the Biophysics Office in December of their first semester

E. Lab Rotation Concerns

  • If the student experiences lab rotation difficulties or is unable to determine an appropriate thesis lab at the end of their third rotation, the student should contact the Biophysics Office immediately